Sunday, September 12, 2010

iPhone App Review - Babel Rising

Babel Rising, from Bulky Pix and White Birds Productions, takes a page from the Bible, almost literally, as you play God and take control of the weather and attempt to stop mankind from building a tower that will reach to heaven. The weapons at your disposal are simply crushing puny humans with a tap, striking them down with a bolt of heavenly lightning, immolation by fire storm, washing them away with a tsunami, blow them away with the divine winds, or crush them all with a mighty earthquake.

Each power has a recharge time which means you have to use them sparingly and as best as you can. The more powerful the power, the longer the recharge. The game becomes frantic tapping and sliding fairly quickly and I have had games lasting around 10-15 minutes so it’s not very time consuming to play. A couple a day and your finger might be a little sore 

In addition to the gameplay, Babel Rising also provides achievements and high scores through the hugely popular OpenFeint system. Social gaming is almost a given in the iPhone market and its nice to see such a great game including this functionality. I would have been very disappointed if it had been left out. Social gaming and achievements add so much more replay potential to any game that it’s hard to figure out why any game would do without it.

So in case it isn’t obvious already, I adore this little app. The premise is interesting, the game play is varied  and the interface simple and easy to learn. It doesn’t try to make anything complicated while presenting a game that will keep you coming back for more. The only flaw I could find with the game is the lack of stages or environments. Gameplay occurs in only one setting. Although I understand this is consistent with the mythology the game is built on, having differing stages or environments that can be selected or progressed to would be a nice addition to this already great game.

Babel Rising is a solid game that shouldn’t be overlooked. Playing God and unleashing your wraith has never been so much fun!

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